Summer Kimonos and Blooms

Watercolor on Canson Montval
Ao Natsu/ 2015 / Watercolor

It’s summer. DOH!  It’s so warm… and I haven’t died yet. Just been busy.

So, now that I have gotten over the door phase. I am now into another phase in my art — YUKATAS. I have always loved Yukatas – to me they are wearable art and they so delicate and beautiful and expressive that I want to experience wearing one myself. I actually made one before for cosplay waaay back when I was in America and I loved it (although it was Fuu from Samurai Champloo’s basic one)

So I did the piece on the left a few weeks ago. It’s entitled “Ao Natsu” ( Blue Summer in English) the blue obviously came from her hair. It was the first time I painted hair like that, in streaks instead of full shades and I was inspired by some art I found on pixiv. The yukata’s design was from a wallpaper I found on Cherry blossoms and the obi and the thingie at the back was from a kimono on google. I mixed elements together to create this piece and I do hope you like it because I was surprised that I was able to control the paint and not put water all over it as I usually do XD.

fan dancer
Fandancer 2015

The second one, Fandancer was a more expressive piece. I took one of my doodles for the pose and tried to use it to express action. her eyes look a little lost, but I do love the movement it has which is not like my old pieces. I used orange to bring out boldness to this dancer and put on more makeup. The background was done using the throwing technique I learned in my door studies. and I think I did succeed in making it look like she was dancing in front of vines n a garden. I need to work on contouring the face. I wonder if I can master this?

I did one more but it was a commission, and I havent had permission from the owner to post it so… Yeah maybe later on.

Watercoloring kimonos and ladies are so much fun, though it is also challenging because I have to work on dry paper and unstretched paper most of the time. I also have to keep myself from watering down my work and just using wet on wet. I had to learn how to work pretty dry on this one  for it to work and a lot of delicate frisket work went to this pieces

I pray to improve my techniques more as I go along. I am happy with the improvement I have. and I am hoping for more.